Bird's Eye View
Superintendent: Mr. Rose
Hello Larrie Community,
I would like to start by thanking everyone that came out to support our school budget vote in May. It is critical that we continue to have the support of our community, especially during such a crazy year in education all around. I promise we will continue to do everything we can to help every student reach their maximum potential.
For months, many of us have wondered what the month of June would look like when it arrived this school year. Although not the “normal” as we once knew it, just yet, we have had some changes that have allowed us to have more students in school, and we have been able to offer more extracurricular activities for our students. I would like to thank all of the advisors, coaches, block staff, drivers, fans, and students that have made the best of what we have been allowed to offer this year.
We had our first round of Covid vaccines delivered here on our campus two weeks ago. Initially we had 18 students sign up, but before all was said and done a total of 63 people ages 12 and older received their first shot. (Follow up shots will be offered at school on June 17). I can't thank our MS/HS nurse, Mrs. Hallahan, enough for the work she put into organizing the vaccinations. We received many positive comments from the Public Health Staff that came to provide the clinic.
As part of the federal grant money we were given, one of the requirements was to survey our parents asking them to prioritize their thoughts on what our SLC focus should be moving forward. The survey closed this past Friday and 91 households contributed information. Here were the top 4 percentages from you, the community, on areas you felt we should look at first:
74.8% - Academic support and intervention services (AIS).
69.3% - Purchasing educational technology to support educational improvement/learning needed for today’s growing tech world.
56.1% - Projects to improve air quality in school facilities and reduce virus transmission.
52.8% - Social-emotional support and intervention services.
We appreciate all the specific comments and suggestions that were also shared. Some of those suggestions are actually in the works for next year, and we will look further into others we had not originally planned for.
Mask Mandate Confusion:
Late Friday afternoon (June 4), NYS Health Commissioner issued a letter informing the CDC that NYS would ease mask restrictions in schools as early as Monday, June 7 unless the CDC advised differently. This would ease restrictions both inside and outside of schools, however we’ve learned that the intent of the Cuomo Administration was to await a response from the CDC before actually changing formal guidance. As it stands now, there has been no formal change in the state requirements.
As of today, (June 7), SLC and other public schools have received no definite guidance on the mask mandates from the state, and will continue to monitor developments. If we hear of any new mask mandates, officially, we will notify our school community. Until we hear further guidance, the current mask requirements will still be in effect at SLC. We thank you for your patience and understanding.
High School Principal: Mrs. Zender
There have been several recent updates that we have received from the New York State Education Department that we want to continue to share with you, so that you may support your child’s success. As a reminder, NYSED is cancelling all but four of the Regents Examinations scheduled to be administered in June 2021. In addition, they are cancelling all Regents Examinations scheduled to be administered in August 2021.
In May of 2020, New York State Education Department, in response to the COVID-19 crisis, cancelled all Regents Exams scheduled in June and August of 2020 as well as January 2021. Students enrolled in courses ending in a NYS Regents Examination were provided waivers from the exams in these courses.
In June of 2021, the following Regents exams will be given to in-person students currently enrolled in these courses on the following dates:
June 17th (AM): ELA Regents
June 22nd (AM): Living Environment Regents
June 23rd (AM): Algebra I Regents
June 24th (AM): Earth Science Regents
Students who are currently enrolled as “remote” students will not be required to take these exams. Students who have a need to be “remote” on this particular day for COVID-19 reasons will be marked as “remote” and will not be required to take the exam.
Fully remote students who wish to take the exam are able to do so, but must submit a request to Mrs. Zender ahead of time via email (email@example.com) to be included on the roster. This request should be submitted no later than Friday, June 11th.
Regents scores will not be included in the final averages of each course. Instead, the final assessment will be used.
Regents exam scores will be included on each student’s record, but only as requested as part of the official transcript.
Transportation will be available for students taking the exam. Your current transportation arrangements will be followed on the particular date of the exam. For students taking the Algebra I Regents ONLY: On Wednesday, June 23rd, all students who are typically transported to school will be provided with transportation. Please call the bus garage only if you DO NOT need transportation on this date.
Exemptions from Diploma Requirements:
Students who meet one of the following eligibility requirements are exempt from the associated Regents requirement:
Currently enrolled in a course of study culminating in a Regents, and pass/earn credit for the course by June 2021. This exemption is in effect as long as the students meet the requirements and pass the course.
Successfully pass the course of study culminating in a Regents during summer school.
Previously achieved course credit in a course of study leading to a Regents, but has not yet passed the exam, but intended to take the exam in June or August 2021 to achieve a passing score.
Failure of a course. Students who have failed the course will be able to complete summer school to pass the required coursework and if successful, will receive an exempt from the Regents.
There are also several adjustments related to the requirements that students must normally meet in order to earn diplomas, credentials, and endorsements. These adjustments are listed below. Each course will have a final assessment regardless of whether the corresponding Regents Exam is taken or it has been cancelled.
Students seeking a Mastery in Mathematics or Science endorsement to their diploma may qualify for such endorsement if such student meets the requirements for a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation as well as one of the following criteria:
Passes 3 math and/or 3 science Regents Examinations with a score of 85 or better;
Passes 2 math and/or 2 science Regents Examinations with a score of 85 or higher and has been granted an exemption on a third math and/or science Regents Examination; or
Passes 1 math and/or 1 science Regents Examination with a score of 85 or higher and has earned a final course average of 85 or higher in 2 additional math and/or science courses culminating in a Regents Examination for which they are granted exemptions.
Students seeking the Honors endorsement on their diploma must meet one of the following criteria:
Earn a computed average of 90 or greater on all Regents examinations applicable to the diploma type;
Earn a computed average of 90 or greater on a minimum of three Regents Examinations applicable to the diploma and exemptions granted for the other examinations applicable to the diploma; or
For students with fewer than three Regents Examination scores, earn a computed average of 90 or greater for scores on Regents Examinations taken and final course grades in courses ordinarily culminating in a Regents Examination for which exemptions have been granted, applicable to the diploma.
CTE Technical Endorsement
Students enrolled in NYSED approved CTE programs culminating in a CTE pathway who earn the applicable program credit by the end of the 2020-21 school year and intended to take the CTE +1 pathway assessment are exempt from the assessment for graduation purposes. Such students will earn the CTE technical endorsement on their diploma. Students enrolled in programs that culminate in an assessment leading to an industry credential are exempt from passing the assessment for the purposes of meeting diploma requirements.
Important Points of Emphasis:
Students must pass their courses in order to receive course credit and to receive the Regents exam exemption.
Regents Exam and Graduation Declination
Parents are able to decline the waiver that New York State has provided. Information regarding the declination process can be found here.
If you would like additional information on declining the waiver for your child, please contact Mrs. Zender by Friday, June 11th to obtain more information.
A concise Fact Sheet has been compiled by NYSUT and is available here.
This FAQ guide provided by NYSED is an additional resource that parents may find useful.
We recognize that this information is a drastic shift from what we have typically expected from graduates in New York State. Thus, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out so we can best support your child’s needs.
Stay safe and healthy!
Congratulations to the Class of 2021 Valedictorian: Chantel McCarthy
Chantel plans to attend St. Lawrence University. She is undecided on her career path and major as of now, but she is extremely excited to be able to get the opportunity to find her true passion as she ventures through the rigors of college life.
Chantel has been awarded a number of different awards, scholarships, and honors due to her exemplary character and academic merit in school to include; second team All Northern in Soccer, Section X Athlete of Distinction in Soccer and Softball, and was recognized as a NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete for Soccer and Softball. Chantel participated in All County and the Area All-State music festivals for both Band and Chorus. Additionally, she was recognized for the Principal's Award, the Clarkson University Leadership Award, the St. Lawrence University Augsbury/North Country Scholarship, and the University of Rochester Frederick Douglas & Susan B. Anthony Award.
Chantel would like to offer the following advice to future students: “Enjoy every single moment, and cherish every memory you are able to make. You never know what could happen along the way, so never take anything for granted. You should always work hard and have as much fun as you can while you’re in high school, because before you know it, you will have to plan the next four years of your life and high school will be over. Have fun!” Chantel hopes to one day be able to help other people. Her goal is to be able to impact as many people as possible in the most positive way possible. She hasn’t figured out how to do that yet, but she knows in time she will.
Congratulations to the Class of 2021 Salutatorian: Bailey Brothers
Congratulations to the class Salutatorian, Miss Bailey Brothers. Bailey is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Brothers of Brasher Falls. Bailey is a member of the National Honor Society, and has served as the Treasurer of the class of 2021 for the past four years. Serving as Treasurer was a great experience for her since she loves being involved, and was able to learn many skills that she can apply to her future. Bailey was a member of the Cheerleading Squad for two years, which was something she really enjoyed. She loved connecting with the other girls on the team and showcasing all of the hard work that they put into their routines and competitions. Cheerleading taught her the importance of perseverance and teamwork.
Bailey plans to attend North Country Community College after graduation to pursue a career in Nursing. Bailey feels as though Nursing is her calling, and loves to help others in any way possible.
Bailey was recognized as a NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete in Cheerleading, and will be recognized for receiving the St. Lawrence Central United Teachers Award. This year, Bailey participated in the Terra Northeast Regional Science and Engineering Fair where she won the Yale Science and Engineering Association Award and the Terra Fairs High Honors Award.
Bailey’s advice to incoming students concerning goals and academic success would be that perseverance and ambition is key. If you have an inner strength to get through what seems like the impossible, you can go far in life. She would also say that having a sense of confidence is important, believing in yourself can make such a big difference. She truly believes that anyone is capable of reaching their goals and all of the hard work that you put into them pays off in the end.
Golden Apple Award
The “Golden Apple” Award is a special recognition of a High School staff member who goes above and beyond the call of duty.
This month I would like to nominate all of my colleagues who have not been officially recognized this year. I see you.
For those who have spent all year working early in the morning, late into the night and on weekends and holidays, making sure that you were providing your students with the best possible education- all at the expense of not being able to give yourself nor your family the time you needed. I see you.
For those who left work and cried from frustration and exhaustion until you got home and then pulled yourself back together to keep moving forward, I see you.
For those of you carting document cameras, and laptops, and materials home every night to work more and in case we went remote at the last minute, I see you.
For those of you making digital worksheets and Google slide presentations and Nearpods and every other new tech program thrown at us and converting your whole curriculum to a digital form, I see you.
For those of you who have spent the year grading- always grading! I see you.
For those who have spent extra time working out systems for kids who were double booked so that they could still get both credits, I see you.
For those who take kids in on your lunch, during your prep periods, hold extra office hours, etc. just to make this work and provide a safe spot for kids to land, I see you.
For those getting kids in after school, working with kids that need help whenever you both have time, giving retests and taking back work late to make sure your students understood the material and weren’t left behind, I see you.
For those reaching out and making connections with kids, caring more about the mental and emotional health of your students than their grades and making concessions to accommodate them and make sure they are successful, I see you.
For those of you coaching sports teams, leading extra-curricular groups and giving your time for things that otherwise might not have been possible this year, I see you.
For those of you who have served on committees, chaperoned events, and volunteered extra time to help out, I see you.
For those of you who have been displaced from your room, traveled to your classes, used a cart as your classroom, or taught to remote students or overflow students while also teaching the kids in front of you, I see you.
For those of you who struggled with preps- so many preps and Google classrooms to manage and you persevered, I see you.
For those of you who I see out in the halls and in your classrooms always smiling, even if you aren’t on the inside, I see you.
This year has been stressful and frustrating, but it has also been filled with love and compassion because of you. Your hard work has not gone unnoticed to me. Your struggles have not gone unnoticed to me. Your ability to adapt and keep going through change after change this year has not gone unnoticed to me. Hang in there my colleagues, this year is almost through. I just wanted you to know that I appreciate you and, I see you.
Would you like to recognize a staff member? Stop in and see Mrs. Zender, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Students of the Month
High School Shout-Outs
The following high school students were nominated by their peers for a Shout-Out last month:
- Tasia Fetterley
- Connor Foster
- Kodda McEwen
- Hannah Richards
Congratulations to each of you!
Students please nominate your peers for their good deeds by dropping off a nomination form to Mrs. Andrews in room 105, or by completing the form in your Advisory Google Classroom.
Mrs. Winters' Senior ELA Class Gives Advice
The following advice was given from seniors in Mrs. Winters' English 12 class for the underclassmen at SLC.
Advice from Jenava Evans:
- Always be yourself
- Even a little act of kindness can change the whole world
- Your answers lie inside you
- There are no mistakes, only lessons
Advice from Kierra Charleson:
- There is no such thing as failure
- Education is necessary to get by in the world
- Everyone deserves kindness and respect
- You have to color outside the lines once in a while if you want to make your life a masterpiece
- There is nothing inside a caterpillar that tells you it is going to be a butterfly
Advice from Conor O'Neil:
- There are no mistakes, only lessons
- Avoid negativity
- Surround yourself with people you trust
- Take risks
- Don't stress
Advice from Will Silver:
- Be yourself
- Don't give up
- Do fun things
- Have respect
Advice from Kaitlyn Dennis:
- Every grade counts
- Don't be afraid to be yourself
- It's tough and definitely not easy, but well worth it in the end
- Keep your head up, work hard, do your best, and you will achieve, succeed, and be rewarded
Fall Season II Scholar-Athlete Award Winners
High School - Northern Zone Physical Education and Health Student Leadership Award Winners
Hunter Arquiett, Jonah Burnett, and Mackenzie Moreau are this year's SLC high school Northern Zone Physical Education and Health Student Leadership Award winners. The award winners exhibit the following criteria:
- Demonstrates competency in a variety of movement forms and/or sport skills.
- Demonstrates knowledge of movement concepts, rules and procedures.
- Values learning.
- Exhibits a healthy lifestyle.
- Demonstrates leadership and is a positive influence on peers.
- Demonstrates responsible personal and social behavior, sportsmanship and citizenship.
Congratulations to each of you!
Woodworking with Mr. Newtown
Awesome job Shari and Madiysn!
Liberty Partnership Program
Four LPP students took the opportunity to hike Azure Mountain on May 15. The students that attended were Noah Bunnell, Baylee Cheney, Ciera Snyder and Cheyanne Giles. The students learned and reviewed trail etiquette, Leave no Trace principles, and were very supportive of one another during the hike. Great job!
The LPP students have enjoyed 2 more classes from the Snap-Ed program. They learned how to make healthy cucumber sandwiches, and healthy, hydrating drinks. Thanks to Lane Perl from the Snap-Ed Program for providing fun, nutritious lessons for the students!
2021 NYSSMA Solo Festival Band Participants
Mr. Snyder, our band teacher, would like to recognize Rebecca Nezezon (Gr10), Aubrey Plumadore (Gr7) and Logan Wultsch-Fuller (Gr10) for receiving an “Excellent” rating score and Stella Todd (Gr5) for receiving an “Outstanding” rating score at this year’s NYSSMA Solo Festival!
These are all extremely phenomenal accomplishments for these students. This year in particular was a little extra challenging; not only was it a Virtual Solo Festival, but students spent half as much time in the music room than in a normal year. However, with the strong perseverance of these fine individuals, they all rose to the occasion and performed with flying colors.
2021 NYSSMA Solo Festival Choral Participants
Mrs. Burnett is pleased to announce the accomplishments of some of our high school choral students at this year’s Virtual NYSSMA Solo Festival.
Seniors Chantel McCarthy and MaCaleb Earle both earned Outstanding ratings.
Emily Taylor (grade 10) and Alexis Tobin (grade 11) both earned Excellent ratings, and Andrew LaMora (grade 10), Emma Stevens (grade 9), and Jonathan Fraser (grade 10) earned Outstanding ratings.
It should be noted that the students completed learning their solos with half the voice lesson times that are usually available. I am so proud of the students’ accomplishments this year.
Broadway Bootcamp News
Middle School Broadway Bootcamp wrapped up on May 17. The students ended the series by performing small skits for one another. Two of the groups performed skits created by our very own Collin Joubert and Mathias Straight. Throughout the series the students learned dances, worked on acting skills in games and through line reading, learned basic sound and lighting skills, and more. Great job theater students!
The High School Broadway Bootcamp ended on May 20. The students learned about all aspects of music theater from singing, dancing and acting, to basic lighting, basic sound, basic set construction and more. They also enjoyed games, snacks, and camaraderie after a long year of isolation. They learned skills that will prepare them for future productions while having a great time. The students met twice a week through April and May. Many also participated in weekly virtual drama activities starting in January and running through March.
Both the middle school and high school students wish that our Bootcamp series didn’t have to end. Thank you to everyone who made this opportunity possible for our students!
Living Environment with Miss Huey
Middle School Principal: Mrs. LaBarge
Dear SLC Community,
We are happy that we have made it to June, and are looking forward to end of the year events, and plans for next year which include a hopeful return to 5 days for all of our middle school students! We miss having them in the building every day, and know how beneficial it will be to have them here.
Summer School for Middle School Students
Dates: July 12-July 30
Summer school letters will go out the week of June 7th and should be returned by June 18th. 8th grade student attendees will also have the opportunity to attend an accredited high school class in the afternoon to better prepare them for high school.
In addition to summer school, we will also have some small summer camps offered through Extended Day, and Summer Rec will also be offered this year. More information about both of these programs will be forthcoming.
The middle school awards ceremony link is available online as of Thursday, June 3rd at 6:00pm, and can be found on the Middle School Website. Congratulations to our students for their hard work and accomplishments this year.
Due to COVID regulations, we will not be able to have guests at end of the year events. We will attempt to share some pictures of our fun end of the year activities with you. Please keep an eye out for them on our Middle School Website and/or district Facebook page .
As always, please feel free to reach out if I can assist you in any way!
Middle School Principal
The 2020-2021 NCATA Regional Middle School Art Show
Students had artwork on display at the North Country Art Teachers Association (NCATA) Regional Middle School Art Show that was held virtually this year (viewing link will be available mid-June and will be posted on our FaceBook page). This art show showcases the best of each district with only 8 pieces of artwork from the Middle School Level selected. Therefore, it is an honor for these students to be chosen.
Please congratulate the following Middle School students for having their artwork in the show: Cassadee Brothers, MaryCate Dow, Gerica Gollinger, Erin Lantry, Caydince Page, Ayisha Provost, Jennah Strawser, and Sonja Wultsch-Fuller.
Mrs. Lisa Warner
The Tri-County Annual Student Art Show
The Tri-County Annual Student Art Show held their annual art show again this year, except it was held virtually (click on the link below to view the show). St. Lawrence Central had student artwork from the Middle and High School levels, with a total of 30 pieces of artwork!
Please congratulate the following Middle School students: Cassadee Brothers, Lydianna Burnett, Mikhaila Cootware, Danica Dishaw, Nevaeh Dresser, Summer-Skye Henderson, Caitlin Lawrence, Thomas Liberty, Natalia Love, Bailey McBride, Sydney Miner, Ayisha Provost, Abe Snell, Mia Snyder, and Stella Todd.
Mrs. Lisa Warner
Middle School - Northern Zone Physical Education and Health Student Leadership Award Winners
This year's Northern Zone Physical Education and Health Student Leadership Award Winners for the middle school go to:
- Merrick Frary- Merrick demonstrates an advanced level of athletic ability. He advances in all the sports he plays including soccer, hockey, and lacrosse. He stays active year round and is able to balance his school work with his athletics. In Physical Education class, Merrick is a great leader. He leads by example and always tries his best no matter the activity.
- Jennah Strawser- This year Jennah played a variety of sports. Jennah is always willing to try activities she has never done before. Jennah always has a positive attitude in Physical Education class. She knows how to have fun and values learning.
- Nevaeh Dresser- Nevaeh stood out this year in Physical Education class. Every week she submitted quality fitness logs. As her teacher, I could tell she was finding ways to stay active at home. Great job!
Digital Library Resources with the Sora App
Summer is almost here, and even though students won’t be visiting their school libraries, they still have access to hundreds of great eBooks and digital audiobooks through our Sora app. Graphic novels, narrated picture books, historical fiction, biography, science fiction, classics and many more genres are available.
Install the app on a phone or tablet. Our school setup code is sllbocesny. Students need a school-assigned username and password to sign in. Sora can also be accessed on laptops, Chromebooks and desktops.
Your child may already be using Sora - ask them to show it to you!
If you have any questions, or need login info for your child, please contact Becky Dullea email@example.com.
Elementary Principal: Mrs. Colterman
On Friday, May 14, all elementary students participated in a live virtual assembly. Students and teachers were able to send messages to the presenter during the show and he would comment or respond to their messages during the live show. This show exceeded our expectations, as far as engagement, considering it was virtual. Teachers and students both enjoyed Jared Campbell's show. Check out the recording here.
We are looking forward to our annual "Larries Day," which is scheduled for Friday, June 11 (rain date is Monday, June 14). Though this day will look a little different than in the past with no volunteers joining us, the day will still be filled with fun!
Social Media Awareness and Internet Safety
Being connected to the world via the internet has its benefits, but we must also consider the potential risks that come along with it. Here are some helpful tips that are good for us to be aware of, in protecting ourselves and our families: https://www.oswego.edu/cts/social-media-awareness
Mrs. Craft's 4th Grade Class
Elementary - Northern Zone Physical Education and Health Student Leadership Award Winners
- Leah Stauffer
- David Brothers
- Zane Reiter
They were chosen based on their skills, knowledge of games, sportsmanship and overall leadership in Physical Education class.
Mrs. McLean's 2nd Grade Class
Akwesasne Holistic Life Foundation
A big thanks to AHLF staff and once again to Massena Memorial Hospital Foundation for making this partnership possible with grant funding!
Fractured Fairy Tales in 3rd Grade
Below is a fractured fairy tale from each of the third grade classrooms. Please click on each image to read the fairy tale.
Butterflies in Third Grade!
Technology Tidbits: Mr. Welsh
It is hard to believe that it is that time of year again where we will be collecting the technology provided to the students. Below you will see the time and places where we will collect Chromebooks, chargers, cases and in some instances the Kajeet hotspots that the school has provided for our students.
The collection dates and times are as follows:
- AA Middle School students will turn in their Chromebooks and accessories to their teacher in their last class of the day on Tuesday, June 22nd. If your student forgets any of the items listed above, they can be returned during the remote student collection times listed below.
- High School students and Elementary students who attend school in-person four days a week as well as BB Middle School students will turn in their Chromebooks and accessories to their teacher in their last class on Thursday, June 24th. If your student forgets any of the items listed above, they can be returned during the remote student collection times listed below.
- Remote students and those who do not return all 3 elements of the Chromebook or the Kajeet will have from 1 to 3 pm on Thursday, June 24th and from 9 to 11 am on Friday, June 25th to return their equipment to the last bay in the bus garage.
- After the June 25th collection day, all other returns will take place in the students’ respected school office during regular summer office hours.
Thank you in advance for your assistance in the collection of the Chromebooks, Chargers, Cases, and Kajeets.
Emergency Broadband Benefit
The Emergency Broadband Benefit provides a monthly discount on broadband service of up to $50 per eligible household. Most of the local providers, SLIC, Verizon, Spectrum, Citizen-Telephone, TDS, and others are participating.
SLC Families that are eligible for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program, SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline could be eligible for the Emergency Broadband Benefit!
Please use the link below to view a complete list of eligibility. Click on the eligibility tab to see if your family qualifies for this program.